“Everything I Wanted is Gone”: John Brogden’s Journey Through the Darkness

John Brogden spent his life working to become Premier of NSW – until a colossal fall from grace and a very public suicide attempt changed his life and priorities forever. Ahead of a visit to Adelaide, he talks to InDaily about his recovery, and his zeal to change public discourse around mental illness. “From as early as I can remember, I only ever wanted to do one thing, and that …

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Join us at the 2017 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Join us this October 11-13 at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium  at the Commercial Club in Albury, NSW. Topics Include: Structural Reform Harnessing Digital Information Looking after the rural mental health workforce Integrated Care, physical and mental health Innovative Practices Indigenous Mental Health Child and Youth Mental Health Abstract Submission is now open! Join us as we explore this year’s conference theme of ‘Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People …

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Improving Services for Australians Affected by Forced Adoption

Improving services for Australians affected by forced adoption: Up-skilling and enhancing the health sector In Australia, between the 1940’s and 1980’s, around 250,000 adoptions occurred, and the majority of these are now considered to have been forced. Forced adoption has led to significant, long-term psychological effects, including prolonged grief, relationship difficulties, higher rates of suicidality and mental health disorders. The mothers, fathers and children impacted by these practices have also …

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Who calls the Shots?

The study of the regulation of harmful but legal products and services including alcohol, tobacco and gambling provides a fascinating dynamic insight into the tension between “public” good and “private” interest that the latter now tend to defer to so called “libertarian” aggressive groups to progress their causes. Since May 2015, it has become clearer how deeply entrenched the alcohol lobby remains with the NSW and other state and territory …

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CDP is Doing More Harm than Good in Remote Australia

  Around the middle of 2016, disturbing data began to emerge about the impacts of Australian Government policy to tackle high rates of unemployment in remote communities. The data showed the number of financial penalties being applied to unemployed people in remote Australia was increasing at an alarming rate. Those affected were participants in the Community Development Program (CDP), which commenced in July 2015.  More than 80% of participants in …

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Managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace.

As the principal of a small rural school in New Zealand I have learnt many lessons about managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace for both staff and students. As we become more bound by Health and Safety legislation and develop our awareness of the mental health, safety and well-being of staff this has become increasingly important. My personal story includes: Developing a shared understanding of the …

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Important considerations when providing mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees in Australia

Important considerations when providing mental health first aid to Iraqi refugees in Australia: a Delphi study Maria Gabriela Uribe Guajardo ¹, Shameran Slewa-Younan ², Yvonne Santalucia ³ and Anthony Francis Jorm⁴. PhD Candidate, Mental Health, Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. E:m.uribe@westernsydney.edu.au Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School …

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Barwon Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service.

Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector has undergone major change. The changes are consistent with directions set by the Victorian Government in New directions for alcohol and drug treatment services: A framework for reform (August 2013), its response to recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General Office’s review of the alcohol and drug service system in 2011 and feedback from clients, families, carers and service providers. Outpatient services have been subject to …

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Partner, Exhibit or Advertise at the 18th International Mental Health Conference!

Don’t miss your opportunity to align with the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017. WHO OUR DELEGATES ARE: We have over 32,000 engaged followers over our Blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn channels and our delegate registrations database is close to 44,500 contacts! We attract on average 450-550 delegates from all organisational levels and …

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The Adult Step-up Step-down sub-acute residential service in Canberra, Australia.

Sub-acute residential services are a recent addition to the range of services available to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness.  One such service is the Adult Step-up Step-down program in Canberra, Australia, which accepts admissions from people entering directly from their home as an alternative to hospital (step-up), or as a transitional step before returning to living in the community after a hospital admission (step-down).  The 5-bed …

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